Friday, October 8, 2010
Sam Chatmon - Field Recordings From Hollandale (1976-1982)
1 - Open Your Book, Your Daddy Got To Read With You
2 - St. Louis Blues
3 - That's All Right
4 - Stoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See (Complete Version)
7 - Prowling Ground Hog
8 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Prowling Ground Hog
9 - Go Back Old Devil
In 1928 the Chatmons moved to the Delta to a town named Hollandale. The band disbanded in 1935, but in 1936 Sam and Lonnie Chatmon recorded twelve duets for Bluebird.
After the death of his brothers, Sam Chatmon became part of the New Mississippi Sheiks and played with Walter Vinson, Carl Martin, and Ted Bogan. Sam did not record during the 1940's. Instead he worked on area plantations around Hollandale. He was rediscovered in 1960 by Ken Swerilas, who talked Sam into performing again. Sam Chatmon became known primarily then as a folk blues artist. He recorded on the Arhoolie label and later with others.
Chatmon's wife was Elma Lue Chatmon. Their son later became known as Singing' Sam and was a bass guitarist who played with Elmore James.